Transcript: Wrap Up
In this module, you followed along with Ms. Milton as she learned how to include two students with visual impairments, Evan and Emily, in her general education classroom. Ms. Milton learned that the TVI, O&M specialist, student, parents, and the IEP are valuable resources for collecting information about the needs of a student with a visual disability. She also learned about different types of visual impairments—including impaired acuity and impaired visual fields. Ms. Milton discovered that the students needed not only to learn the standard curriculum but some additional skills that comprise the expanded core curriculum. When changing her instructional materials to more effectively teach Evan and Emily, she not only considered visual accommodations, but she also considered including tactile and auditory materials to appeal to the other senses. Ms. Milton also realized the importance of making changes to instructional presentations, classroom demonstrations, and audio-visual presentations to ensure students with vision impairments are able to learn alongside their sighted peers. She also discovered the importance of preparing for trips outside of the classroom. Finally, Ms. Milton learned tips on effective communication and how to facilitate the social integration of students with visual disabilities in a general education classroom. After learning about Evan’s and Emily’s visual disabilities and how to make changes to accommodate them, Ms. Milton now feels that she has the practical knowledge needed to successfully include them in her classroom.